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♪[music] >> this is bbc world news america. reporting from washington, i'm laura trevelyan. the homestretch in new hampshire, foot soldiers of the democratic candidates blitz the s. ahead of tuesday's first in the nation primary. trying to calm nerves, china's leader makes a rare appearance and addresses the coronavirus outbreak. the number of deaths tops 900. plus, a victory in hollywood means jubilation 6,000 miles away. how south korea has been celebrating the oscar wins by "parasite." >> when i heard it won four oscars, i thought this was the most historic moment in korea. ♪[music] >> for all of you watching on pbs and around the globe, welcome to world news ameca. the u.s. state of new hampshire is in the spotlight as voters
there get ready for tuesday's primary. the vote comes hard on the heels of a chaotic iowa caucus, which left confusion in its wake. president trump holds a rally in new hampshire tonight, as the democrats competing to take him on are out on the campaign trail. hunting down every last vote. jane o'brien reports. >> hi. >> how you doing? reporter: hunting for election go on the streets of manchester. voters who haven't yet me up their minds. [knocking] >> you can send out thousands of pieces of mail, a tweet that reaches a million people. but ultimately face-to-face conversation is still what people like and voters don't live on twitter. they live behind their doors. >> would you like to -- reporter: around half of new hampshire voters are registered independent but can still vote in the democratic primary. they could decide the outcome. >> because of a couple trends in our politics, we don't talk to them. we really focus on making people afraid of the other party instead of wanting to come to our party. and campaigns really focus on
who they know will vote. now they can do a youtube preroll ad instead o doing a tv ad. that means a lot of people are getting left out of the process and we need to talk to them. reporter: cacanvasses know exacy who they're targeting. so we know that the woman who lives in this house voted in the last two general elections but has never voted in a primary. she probably supports gun control, but is less likely to support the minimum wage. she definitely supports a woman's right to have an abortion. and might have a college degree. frommall country towns in the mountains to the seaside, candidates have spent months campaigning for every single vote. but new hampshire isn't going well for former vice president joe biden, who is now fourth in the polls and could be in real trouble. >> i do have some concerns
about - more about, to be hones, about his aiming. >> it's not age. it's energy. i'm here today to find out if he has the energy to do it. i don't know the answer to that question. >> i want some fire and some fury. i want some really good -- how are they going to attack trump? that's my most important thing. how are we gonna beat him? >> are you not hearing that at the moment? >> not yet. reporter: some experts say the polls have too much influence and could be damaging the election process itself. >> the voters who are turning out right now in new hampshire, trying to figure out how they're gonna vote on tuesday, are not getting any useful information out of most of the reporting, because it's saying, what do people think people are going to do as it regards joe biden? wait. how does that help me figure out what it is that i want a president to do, and which individual is best able to do that for me? >> next, we attend -- reporter: mobilizing
independence is essential if democrats are to beat donald trump in november. but his disappointing turnout in iowa showed getting them excited about the candidates is another matter entirely. >> and we can cross live now to jane, who is in nature for us tonight. and jane, what brings the president to new hampshire tonight, of all the nights to hold a rally? reporter: well, it's on the eve of the new hampshire primary, of course. and president trump in a tweet this morning said he wanted to stir up the democrats a little bit. and that exactly what he's doing. that stadium behind me holds a capacity crowd of 12,000 people. we've got people outside, because they can't get in. and thousands more awaiting along there to try and get around. they're planning for an overflow crowd. this is what democrats are up to, and this is whatt's all about. it's a show of force by president trump, whose convoy has just arrived to cheers from people lining the streets. he wants to show democrats that
while they're still picking their candidate, his campaign is under way. this is a local crowd. this is the sort of enthusiasm and support that he can draw from new hampshire in this neighboring state. and so that is clearly the ssage here. it's democrat. doesn't matter who you pick. you better watch out in november. >> jane, you've been watching the democratic candidates who want to take on president trump, crisscrossing the state. who seems to have the momentum right now? reporter: well, it's definitely senator bernie sanders and the former mayor of south bend, indiana, pete btigieg. they -- bernie sanders is in the lead, but pete buttigieg, the underdog in this race, is now lying second. and the rest of the pack, including joe biden, sniffing at his heels, going to third place. it's a wide open race still because there are plenty of undecided voters. and they are going to be the ones that ultimately will decide the race here in new hampshire. this is a typically a very
volatile state. people generally don't make up their minds until the last minute. so as i was saying, all the polls that we've been hearing, it's really too early to tell. we will not know that result really until the polls are closed in the votes -- and the votes are counted. >> and jane, just how anxious are democratic voters, faced with the trump juggernaut behind you? reporter: well, they're anxious, of course, because for them, the stakes are very, very high. they have to pick the person that they believe can beat donald trump. and that's really i think why we're seeing so much indecision. we'vmoved past the stage where the candidates were trying to differentiate themselves through different policies, through health care plans and all that. they're now down to the central question. who can beat donald trump? and voters want to see that when they go to these campaign events. >> jane o'brien there in new hampshire.
thank you. for more on tomorrow's primary, i spoke to neil levesque of the new hampshire institute of politics. thanks so much for being with us, neil. which democratic candidate seems to you to have the edge? >> well, right now bernie sanders really has -- his whole theme of his campaign is that he's created a movement that will carry a lot of people and a lot of voters who normally don't vote to the polls. and that he can pull off a victory because of that. we've seen a lot of momentum with pe buttigieg, the 38-year-old mayor of indianapolis, who really -- or indiana -- who really has connected with voters here in a very interesting way. if anything, we've seen the campaign of joe biden, the former vice president of the united states, really slipping in recent weeks. and it could be a bad night for him.
>> are the undecided voters and also the independents in new hampshire something of a wild card, though, neil, in this primary? >> they are. so just to put this in perspective, we have 280,000 registered democrats. but there are 410,000 registered independents or undeclared. tomorrow at the polls, an undeclared can come in and take a democratic ballot and vote for one of the democratic candidates. and so you're looking at a huge mass o voters that may not be completely committed to the party and the party issues, who could be a wild card in this primary tomorrow. >> are you expecting a better turnout in new hampshire's primary after the chaos in iowa? >> yes. so new hampshire is completely different than iowa. we did away with caucuses here 100 years ago. and so this is a state-run, not
a party-run election. and we have a straightforward private ballot. so you go in, take five minutes, you fill out your ballot, turn it in. it's completely private. your wife may go in and vote for someone else and she doesn't have to tell you who i is. you can't even take a picture of that ballot. so the point is, is that it's very quick and efficient and we believe that there will be a lot more of the older generation, older voters coming in tomorrow and that we're gonna have record turnout, because it is so easy to vote here in new hampshire. >> and do you think that either amy klobuchar or elizabeth warren are doing better on the ground after that debate that you saw? >> elizabeth warren has been campaigning probably the hardest and longest here in new hampshire. she's got a lot of support. however, her campaign seems to be slipping in recent weeks and months.
and klobuchar seems to be quite the alternative. she had a great debate performance. and she seems to be the alternative. there is a group of people who are gonna vote and say, you know, we need our first woman president. and ishould be elizabeth warren or amy klobuchar, so there's a lot of pickup from that. i think klobuchar is going to really surprise people here in new hampshire tomorrow. and i think she's gonna have a good night. >> how about michael bloomberg, neil, briefly? he's not on the ballot but he's polling at 15% nationally. >> he is skipping the first four states, including new hampshire. anyone who has national name recognition, who is gonna spend $2 billion or so, can certainly have a chance to win the presidency. and i think he probably does. >> neil levesque, thank you so much for being with us. and in other news, the u.s. border wall has charge -- u.s. justice deptment has charged four chinese military houses over a huge cyber attack on a
credit agency nearly three years ago. almost 150 million americans were effected when hackers stole personal information from equifax, including addresses and social security numbers. some u.k. customers were also hit. s.i.bsinn fein has declared vicy in ireland's general election. the party's leader has urged other main parties to start negotiations. more than three qrters of the seats have been filled in the irish parliament. a btish m has decide after a tree fell on his car. the storm swept across the u.s. on sunday. the aftereffects are still being felt. travel disruption continues and thousands of homes remain without power. china's leader has made a rare public appearance to highlight the government's efforts to combat the coronavirus. speaking to medical workers, xi jinping called for more decisive measures to combat the outbreak.
more than 900 people have died so far, making it more deadly than the s.a.r.s. outbreak. celia has more. reporter: china's president, the man at the very pinnacle of the ruling communist party, making his first public appearance i days, amid a national crisis. xi jinping told workers at a beijing health facility that he had confidence china would overcome the epidemic. but in the sign of the times, he took all the necessary precautions. it's a special period, he said, so i'd like not to shake hands. appearing on chinese state television, mr. xi also addressed rising economic anxieties, promising the government would work to prevent large scale layoffs. that pledge comes as millions of people in china return to work after the lunar new year break, which was extended fm the 31st of january to curb the spread of the virus. but precautionary measures remain in place. work hours are staggered to prevent rush hour crowds.
several major cities, including beijing and shanghai remain quiet as many factories and offices are still closed. [speaking foreign language] >> actually, i still think it's a normal life. it's fine as long as we pay a little attention to it. for example, disinfection and being careful not to have close contact with people. reporter: but masks aren't enough to convince people to leave their homes. in this beijing shopping mall, temperatures are being checked at the entrance but there were few shoppers inside the stores. the world health organization has expressed concerns about the spread of the virus beyond china's borders. stressing that their objective remains containment. >> in recent days, we have seen some concerning instances of onward transmission from people with no travel history to china. the detection of this small number of cases could be the
spark that becomes a bigger fire. reporter: however, the outbreak continues to affect those well beyond wuhan. more people have tested positive on a cruise ship quarantined off japan. the diamond princess ship is on a two-week quarantine off yocohama after a passenger tested positive for the virus. he'd left the ship earlier when it docked in hong kong. and in the u.k., more people tested have also contracted the virus. that news comes as the government issued new powers in england to keep people in quarantine to stop the disease spreading. from beijing, confident the illness will be contained. but elsewhere, realizations of the impact of this outbreak will continue to extend well beyond china. bbc news. >> as global efforts ramp up to contain the coronavirus, there are questions about why it spread so fast and how it compares to previous outbreaks.
here's our medical correspondent, ferguson ferguson. >> the longer this outbreak goes on, the more scientists are learning about the new coronavirus. latest estimates suggest it kills around one in 100 people who are infected. that compares with one in 10 people who died from s.a.r.s. in 2003. yet even though the new coronavirus is much less deadly, the death toll has already exceeded that of s.a.r.s. now more than 900 compared to 774 for s.a.r.s. the reason is that this virus i so mild, the huge numbers of people, that unlike s.a.r.s., most of those infected never need hospital treatment and this allows it to spread more effectively in the community. >> that was ferguso fergus walsh reporting. you're watching bbc world news america. still to come on tonight's program, the view fm inside yemen. why aid agencies are warning that much-needed assistance is failing to reach the people who
need it most. ♪[music] >> warning against flying too close to the sun go back to the days of antiquity. but a mission is now under way. the solar orbiter blasted off from cape canaveral in florida late on sunday. assignment is to uncover new insights into the sun. as rebecca now reports for us. reporter: blasting off, a mission that's been 20 years in the making. the spacecraft called solar orbiter on its way to the sun. it's jam-packed with instruments and will take images from closer to our star than any spacecraft has before. but it will be operating in an extreme environment. >> the instruments on board the spacecraft are incredibly sensitive. and then to put it close to the sun, it's really, really difficult. and it's quite nerve-wracking
when you send your delicate little instruments on the top of a rocket towards the sun and you just hope that it's going to be working. >> at the royal astronomical society, records of our sun go back hundreds of years, charting huge solar storms. now, these would have had little effect on us in the 1800's when these notes were written. today, though, they'd wreak havoc, knocking out communication and navigation satellites and causing power failures. the hope is that solar orbiter could help us to better understand and eventually predict them. solar orbiter will give us a new view of the sun, and will let us see its poles for the very first time. scientists say this could be a game changer. >> there's so much we don't understand about the interior of the sun, how the energy leaks out, how magnetic fields play an important role. i think there's a real chance for a breakthrough in our understanding of the sun from solar orbiter. reporter: the journey to the sun won't be easy and it will take
two years for solar orbiter to get into prime position. but once it's there, the secrets of our sr will finally be revealed. bbc news. ♪[music] >> international agencies in the u.n. are warning that up to six million people in yemen are being denied aid because rebels are stopping its package. they have been fighting the government for the last phi five years. our chief international correspondent, lyse doucet, has been given rare access to the country. here's her report. reporter: the front line of hunger. this is yemen's northwest. lives broken by war and want of everything. at a u.n. food handout, anger
exposed. [yelling] reporter: hungry, hungry, this man shouts. his friend says, we don't have houses. we don't have anything. now even this aid may be at risk. th stop of a suspension, we're scaling back in response to unprecedented houti obstruction. >> there are literally millions of people who need assistance across all of yemen, who are not receiving this because of bureaucratic impediments, because the agreements that they need to reach with the authorities are not being signed because these agreements are being delayed. the impact on people isimply enormous. reporter: in the houti-controlled north, aid workers toll us of their frustrations and fears. too worried to speak on camera, one shared these words. there's now an extremely hostile environment for aid workers, they said. more and more of our national staff are threatened, detained and harassed.
we face interference, they said, in everything we do. this is one of many battlegrounds, u.n. war houses. we were brought here, to the place the u.n. says the food was looted. he wanted to show us this. cockroaches and tattered sacks. proof, he says, of u.n. failings. we see this too. look at the date. good food. sitting here for months, says the u.n., without permits to deliver it. >> we are not -- they are just making excuses for their mistakes. blaming the government is not reasonable or acceptable. reporter: another warehouse, more goods waiting to clear. the houti say they want more
corol over this aid, even a levy on aid budgets. red lines for humanitarians. in the midst of the world's worst humanitarian crisis, there's another growing and deeply worrying crisis. arguments over the very distribution of this lifesaving aid, millions of yemenese rely on. if this isn't resolved soon, more lives could be lost. a treacherous mountain road, a truck tipped over. an angry scramble to salvage precious food. a week of tough choices about how to save the world's biggest humanitarian mission. lyse doucet, bbc news. >> a rare report from inside yemen there. now, the red carpet has been rolled up and there were surely hangovers across hollywood this morning but the legacies of this year's oscars will live on. the south korean film "parasite"
made history by winning best picture. the first time a non-english film has taken top prize. [cheering] reporter: director bong joon ho was not the only one overwhelmed by the scale of parasite's success. as he grappled with his four oscars, including one for best picture, south koreans in seoul could not hide their pride. >> this kind of thing is a huge national celebration. i want to tnk the director and all the actors and actresses. this is wonderful! ♪[music] reporter: "parasite"ells the story to have a family living in a squalid basement flat and a rich family who reside in a modernist mansion. and while the film is a work of fiction, the apartment life is not. th is just one of thousands who battle unbearable humidity and rapidly growing mold in
these city basement flats. >> i'm sad about it. [laughter] >> i heard you can survive in the desert. bu you couldn't survive in my house. reporter: the place featured in the film is also real. it's been here for 17 years. and it was the owner who taught the cast how to fold the boxes. >> when i saw it won today, i got emotional. it felt like i won. >> when i heard it won four oscars, i thought this was the most historic moment in korea. the closest place i could find that was related to the film was here. so i thought it was symbolic to come to this pizza shop. reporter: the president of south korea, moon jae-in, starting his cabinet meeting with applause as the country erupted i a wave of congratulatory joy. one south korean film critic described these wins as a miracle but it's not come from
nowhere. for the last decade, the south korean government has plowed money into what it calls the korean wave, k-pop, k-drama and korean cinema. these wins at the oscar are proof that that korean wave has come crashing down on hollywood. bbc news, seoul. >> one last note. it may have been a big wave for "parasite" but not forhe oscars themselves. the live tv audience dropped to an all-time low, 23.6 million viewers here in the u.s. tuned in on sunday night, according to the neilsen ratings agency, down from nearly 30 million the year before. time to rethink theostless ceremony maybe. and remember, you can find much more on all the day's news at our website, plus to see what 're working on at any time, check us out on twitter. i'm laura trevelyan. thank you for watching bbc world news america. ♪[music] narrator: funding for this presentation is
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amna: good evening, i'm amna nawaz in washington. judy: and i'm judy woodruff in new hampshire. on the "newshour" tonight, democratic presidential candidates make a final sprint to win voter in the first of the nation primary. then, a special new hampshire focused edition of politics monday. we examine the ins and outs of tomorrow's vote and how it could change the shape of this year's election. amna: in non-political news, the ongoing outbreak, global efforts to combat the coronavirus intensify as the death toll surpasses that of the sars epidemic. anti-semitism on the rise, 75 years after the liberation of auschwitz, negative perceptions of e